OMNE/LAND (Italy), Artist Residency — link here
It is a great pleasure and an honour to be awarded with the OMNE/LAND art residency program, 21st – 28th September 2023 at Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. Commissioned by: Guido Guidi, Gerry Johansson, Stefania Rössl, Massimo Sordi, and Maura Gallina. Artists include: Filippo Maria Barbero, Michele Cera, Camilla de Maffei, Matteo de Mayda, Giulia Iacolutti, Ingar Krauss, Cristian Ordóñez and Aaron Schuman. Invited artists: Olivo Barbieri and Francesco Raffaelli.
BOOK REVIEW (CANADA), On Trial reviewed by Barry Schwabsky — link here
On Trial, reviewed by Barry Schwabsky, in his column "PICTURE LIBRARY: From Inner Architecture to Unremembered Images" with Rhona Bitner, Marianne Mueller, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Barry Stone and Cristian Ordóñez, for Border Crossings magazine, issue 162.
"I wouldn’t necessarily have known it from looking at the photographs themselves: Ordóñez is an exquisite observer of place, but his interest in place is not a sociologist’s or even a geographer’s; seeing where you are, in this work, has little to do with knowing where you are..." — Barry Schwabsky
ARTIST TALK (CANADA), Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, Valle (Artist Talk + Panel)
Artist talk about the work 'Valle' happening this Thursday August 17, and on Friday August 18, I will be joining artists Sarah Boutin, Miguel Leache, Normand Rajotte, and Kinuko Asano on a panel discussion about photobooks moderated by Louis Perreault, at Quai des Arts, Carleton-sur-Mer, Québec. Part of the Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie.
EXHIBITION (CANADA), Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, Valle (solo show) — link here
The series Valle, from Huasco Valley, Atacama, is exhibited at Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, 14th edition of the Festival, curated by Claude Goulet and installed at Matapedia Valley, Quebéc from July 15 to September 30, 2023.
The wearing away of the built environment, the resilience of plants, and the faint, but inevitable, presence of time passing: Cristian Ordóñez invites us to look at the world both for what it might have once been and for what it will become. Here, Louis Perreault reviews the book Frequency.
L’usure du bâti, la résilience du végétal et la présence sourde, mais inévitable, du temps qui s’écoule : Cristian Ordóñez invite à regarder le monde à la fois pour ce qu’il a pu être dans le passé, mais aussi pour ce qu’il deviendra. Louis Perrault commente ici le livre Frequency.
COLLECTIONS, Frequency 2023 — link here
Very honoured the book Frequency has recently joined the following collections:
— National Gallery of Canada, Library & Archives Collection (Canada)
— Art Gallery of Ontario, Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives Collection (Canada)
— San Telmo Museum, Gabriela Cendoya Bergareche Collection (Spain).
The CONTACT Photobook Fair (Canada) — link here
Saturday, Apr 29, 11am – 5pm at Stephen Bulger Gallery (1356 Dundas St W, Toronto). Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Free and open to the public.
BOOK, Frequency 2023 — link here
New book "Frequency" is out — 46 photographs, 72 pages, 8.75 x 10.5 in, Soft Cover, Smyth Sew, Swiss binding with exposed spine. Printed in Canada. Limited edition. This book was created with the support of the Edward Burtynsky Grant from the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, awarded in 2021. Available soon, contact email@example.com
AWARD (ITALY), Urbanautica Institute Awards 2022 — link here
I am honoured to have won the Urbanautica Institute Awards 2022 with the project "Valle", in the "Nature, Environment and Perspectives" category. This project is a collaboration with my brother, academic Eduardo Ordonez-Ponce (PhD Associate Professor, Athabasca University School of Business). Congratulations to all the other winners and shortlisted artists for their beautiful work. Many thanks to Steve Bisson, the jury and Urbanautica team. To Eduardo and the students from the University of Santiago for their collaboration.
EXHIBITION (GERMANY), A Sense of Place (group show) — link here
Curated by Bénédicte Blondeau and Rüdiger Lange. The concept of "A Sense of Place" is the focus of the third collaboration between PEP - Photographic Exploration Project and B-Part Berlin Exhibition. Exhibition dates: April 1 - 29, 2023. Opening reception Friday, March 31st in Berlin.
Artists include: David Bruneel, Zoé Chauvet, Sara Cuce, Owen Davies, Jonathan De Maeyer, Luciana Demichelis, Juan Fabuel, Lindsay Godin, Jasper Goodall, Mohammad Rakibul Hasan, Jade Joannès, Alicja Khatchikian, Cassandra Klos, Su Kui, Santeri Kuisma, Céline Levain, Cristian Ordóñez, Xenia Petrovska, Jamie Reed, Christopher Rodriguez, Bartolomeo Rossi, Pascal Sgro, Marvin Systermans, Anya Tsaruk, Greta Valente, Ties van Brussel, Pauline Vanden Neste, Nick Verhaeghe, Yuxi Wang, Wang Chuen Wong, Kinga Wrona and Martha Wurmus.
PUBLICATION (CANADA), Trick Not Telos
Trick Not Telos by Katherine McKittrick was curated by Liz Ikiriko and Katherine McKittrick, design direction by Cristian Ordóñez. French translations are by Lyse Hébert. Print production by The Gas Company. Parts of this project were funded by the SSHRC Canada Research Chair in Black Studies at Queen’s University.
8x10 (5 books + unbound booklet); 11x8.5x2.5 (Box); English and French. 100 copies.
An experiment in repetition and revision, Trick Not Telos takes words and ideas that have already been shared and refashions them outside their original context. The project understands written academic narratives as flexible and shifting yet tethered to a past formation or iteration; the project seeks to express how ideas on the page are simultaneously tactile, opaque, and precise and thus how the written word, and the academic argument, have the capacity to unravel while also maintaining historical traces. Trick Not Telos is, in part, working through and complementing Amiri Baraka’s “the changing same” by illuminating how creative unboundedness is harnessed to black energy, memory, and place.1 As a method, the changing same is the engagement, sharing, reading and response to black ideas (songs, narratives, spirituals, tunes, words, lyrics, impulses, sounds) with a recognition of contested and broken and seamless creative genealogies. In this, black creative and intellectual works are comprised of entanglements of the things that never left us and ongoing effacement. Trick Not Telos sits with this creative uneasiness; it emerges from both trace and impossibility. The five essays shared here have been written and read and published before. They were given permission to repeat. They were re-read and reformatted and shared. They were translated toward French and re-imagined as French-English pairs. They were redesigned. They were recontextualized and remade as academic objects that perhaps desire, but may not fully realize, black aesthetic possibilities. Trick Not Telos is inspired by the work of Krista Franklin, Neta Bomani, Alec Soth, Roy DeCarava, Adrien Piper, among others. It is guided by the beautiful art book, the tactual photography book, the spines of novels, pages of verse and vellum and uncoated paper and the weaver’s knot and the vinyl box set. Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s reading of “Plantation Futures” inspired the title, Trick Not Telos.
PUBLICATION (Chile/Canada), Multinacionales y Comunidades
Part of the photographic work "Valle", created as part of a research project in collaboration with Associate Professor, Eduardo Ordonez-Ponce. This publication is created in response to ongoing research that began in early 2022, including a visit to the Huasco Valley in Atacama, Chile in October of the same year. Specially produced in a limited edition to deliver the preliminary quantitative results to the community of Huasco, namely actors from the civil society, the public sector, indigenous peoples, business people and ordinary citizens who participated in this process.
Funded by Athabasca University and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of the Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Santiago de Chile. Created and edited by Eduardo Ordonez-Ponce, PhD, Athabasca University and Photographer, Cristian Ordóñez.
EXHIBITION (CANADA), Galery 44 (group show) — link here
My books "Displace" published by Another Earth and "On Trial" published by acb-press will be available at Salon 44, Gallery 44's annual fundraising exhibition in support of exhibition and education programs, bringing together a collection of over 60 established and emerging artists with valued works for both new and seasoned collectors. Salon 44 is co-chaired by Emilie Croning and Maegan Broadhurst. Opening this Thursday 2 in Toronto from 7-10pm.